Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Farmer's Wife Quilt-A-Long!

I've been sucked in an there's no turning back now!
My book finally arrived from Amazon (they took forever!) and then of course I found out Joanns carries it in-store and I could have gotten it cheaper, and instantly. Sigh - I guess thats life.

Anyhow - here's the gist of it:
Join in the Flickr group, get your hands on the book and make 111 blocks, each 6" over the course of the next year or so. That's 2 blocks a week! Yeah, sounds manageable, right? I think so! Otherwise, I would NOT have added this to my sewing list.

The story behind the book is quite interesting, and I'm looking forward to reading through it as I make each block. Back in the 1920's a question was posed to the readers of The Farmer's Wife Magazine; "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?" Well I know very little about farming (although I've lived in Ohio my entire life) so this is kind of intriguing to me. Every now and then I think I'd like to be Amish... minus the no electricity thing. Cook, garden, and sew all day? I think I could do it!

So about the QAL: The blocks are very traditional, and there are a bunch of templates to help you cut out your fabric for each block. Now... you know I'm not a very traditional kind of girl, so I plan on using all my fav fabrics which will give a nice modern twist to the project! And these are all SCRAPS - no buying fabric for this quilt - unless I run out of scraps (not likely!) and need to supplement. Here are my larger scraps:

And... my smaller scraps!

Here are my very first two blocks!
They turned out a bit larger than 6.5" so I suppose I'll just trim them all down at the end.

"Spool" #84

"Economy" #29

I'll try to do one harder block and one easy block each week, just so I'm not stuck with all difficult blocks at the end. So what do you think? Am I crazy? Probably. Will I enjoy it and make time for it? Absolutely! I need to exercise my precision when it comes to piecing... so this Farmer's Wife QAL should do just that!

I'll be blogging and posting photos each week as well, so I can see my progress, and share it with all you lovely readers too! I know there are loads of people who read the Flickr group just to see everyone's blocks.... and that's fine to do if you're not up to the actual sewing part of it!


audrey said...

Love your blocks!! I just got my book yesterday and can't wait to get started!

Jen said...

I just got my book today. Didn't know Joann's carried it either - drats! I too hope to improve my piecing skills and precision with this QAL. Plus, my will-power was completely demolished when I saw the flickr group - happy farmer's wifing to you!